This year marks the fourth edition of Love Art at The Peninsula – the hotel's lauded initiative that champions public art through site-specific works, exciting events, and partnerships. Featuring world-class collaborations with artists who are all members of Britain's Royal Academy of Arts, in joining forces with the RA Love Art at The Peninsula has welcomed these visionaries to showcase their works in Hong Kong, often for the first time in the public domain here. Tracey Emin RA, Richard Wilson RA, and most recently, Conrad Shawcross RA brought their pieces to life at The Grand Dame since the inception of the program in 2014. For 2017's Peninsula Commission, we welcome the Irish-born artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, otherwise known as “The Godfather of Brit Art”.
With a mission to challenge our perception of everyday objects, his site-specific sculptural work installed in The Peninsula's Fountain for Love Art 2017, entitled ""Bright Idea"", invites visitors to cast their eyes on a sculpture of a drawing, not of the object itself - transforming mundane objects such as a pair of scissors, a stiletto or, in this case, a light bulb, into oversized, brightly coloured constructs. Craig-Martin’s new work exemplifies this concept in its entirety, and features a giant, yellow lightbulb emerging from the Fountain in The Peninsula’s forecourt. A public arts talk at The University of Hong Kong offers deeper insights still, with Craig-Martin addressing arts students, fellow artists and educators, as well as members of the public, to further enliven the intellectual debates fuelling the city’s art dialogue. An exhibition of new acrylic works by the artist, featured in the hotel's 1/F exhibition space, will offer further opportunities to engage with Craig-Martin's paradoxically extraordinary works.